Lawmakers have promised to reform criminal justice, but bills are lingering in Congress

Anarba Groub

When Dawn Brooks recalls her time in prison, she uses a simple word: “unfathomable.” She remembers the lack of toilet paper and feminine and hygiene products. She remembers the lack of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the midst of the COVID pandemic. She remembers having to miss meals because of her severe peanut allergy: The prison didn’t offer alternative meals or access to an EpiPen when peanut-based products were served to her dorm mates. 

“When I got home, I was malnourished,” said Brooks, who served her sentence in Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Connecticut. “We need a total overhaul in how we view prisons, period, or how people are housed.”

Lawmakers have promised to reform criminal justice, but bills are lingering in Congress

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